Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
• Form– Greek morphe used here to emphasize Christ’s divinity. A “form” manifests what it really is.
• To be grasped– unlike Adam, who was tempted to be like God. Other possible meanings are:
- “seized” – as if he didn’t have it already
- “clung to” - even though it was his as God to possess
- As a man would.
- Something to be exploited as earthly rulers would
 **Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, **
• **Emptied himself **of his divine prerogatives at the Incarnation. Also, could be an allusion to the relationship between the persons of the Trinity.
• Form of a slave – powerless
• 2 Cor. 8:9—Christ made himself poor to make us rich in grace.
• Human likeness– fully God/fully man, but appearing as a man, even seen as a sinner.
 he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.
• As in the First reading, and the other Suffering Servant songs (Isaiah 52:13-53:12), also Hebrews 5:7-8
• The Passion is meant. The cross was the ultimate indignity, reserved for slaves and rebels.
• Deuteronomy 21:23, Galatians 3:13, Hebrews 12:2
 **Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, **
• **“Because of this God…” **– Not that it forced God’s hand, but as appropriate response.
• Greatly exalted him – raising him from the dead, enthroning him in heaven, clothing his human nature in glory. This is the destiny that awaits us, if we remain in him.
• Name - Lord
 **that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, **
• Every knee should bend – As in Isaiah 45:23, The Lord prophesied through Isaiah that all people would acknowledge his lordship (Daniel 7:14)
• Heaven, earth, under the earth – in ancient thought, the three levels of the universe and all the inhabitants thereof – man, angels, the beast, the dead, and demons.
 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father
• **Confess **– not only acknowledge here on earth, but at the last judgment (Rom. 14:9-12)
• In the Greek OT, Lord is applied to God only.
• Not only is this a recognition of Christ’s divinity, but Paul’s listeners would have caught the challenge to Caesar as Lord (CCC 446-50)
• Christ, appearing human, but in fact divine, emptied himself and died for our sake. We should ever strive to look to Christ and imitate him in emptying ourselves and being men and women for others.